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Free Plagiarism Detector Tools for Educators

This post is about free Plagiarism  tools that teachers can use   to deter students from cheating on assignments, which raises the quality of work for your course. Instructors can see at a glance assignments that are original and ones that contain content copied from the Internet. I have assembled all these tools in a guide below for you to download and share. Let 's first start with a little introduction.


Technology has always had a close relationship with education. If you try to investigate further into this relationship you would be philosophically enthused. How come technology which is a mere product of a higher mature education can in the same time be the prime engine in the advancement of education itself ? Humanity's technological progress has impacted and, in several cases, transformed the way people are educated. Starting with the simple abacus that once made learning easier a millennia ago to the highly sophisticated word processing tools and cloud based mobile apps, education has witnessed a tremendous change both in the wasy this education is attained and also delivered.

While the information technology, internet and other developments have positively reshaped the way education is built and delivered, there emerged some devastating side effects alongside these developments. Plagiarism is one negative example among many of what the impact of this digital boom on education has brought about.

We are living in a world that is digitally focused. Internet has made it pretty much easy for everyone to have a free unlimited access to all kinds of information. One single click in a search engine such as Google would suffice to get answers for your bewildereing math equations. Yes Our students have grown up  in a 'free culture ' era where the idea  that everything online should be free is taken fro granted. They can download music, videos, movies, documents, researches anything they can have access to without even thinking twice about copy rights and intelectual protety infringements. As educators and teachers, we should do all our best to change and redress the situation. Our students are developing bad habits using technology when they can do way better if this same technology is used properly.

What is plagiarism ?

According to the Meriam-Webster online dictionary. to plagiarise means :

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
 In General Plagiarism is adopting someone else's ideas and presenting them as your own in whatever form it entails.

Forms of Plagiarim 

According to all the following are considered plagiarism :

  1. Turning in someone else' work as your own
  2. Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  3. Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  4. Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  5. Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  6. Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your world, whether you give credit or not.

P.S : Some tools included in the guide are not free and they have free trial period but given their importance I could not compile such a list without mentioning them.

Here is the guide  that contains more than 15 free tools to detect plagiarized work.

Here is the Link to share it with your colleagues

Free Plagiarism Detection Tools for Educators

Here is the same guide  in  Issuu

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